Cameron Munster smacks down Phil Gould in State of Origin interview

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Cameron Munster (pictured right) talking to Gus Gould (pictured left) during a Channel Nine interview after State of Origin.
Cameron Munster (pictured right) shut down Gus Gould's (pictured left) mind games during a Channel Nine interview after State of Origin. (Image: Channel Nine)

Queensland star Cameron Munster has hit back at veteran NRL commentator Gus Gould in a live interview after the Maroons' 16-10 win over NSW in State of Origin.

The Blues face a tough task overcome a near 30-year hoodoo to retain the State of Origin shield after going down to the Maroons in a frenetic series-opener on Wednesday night.

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Munster terrorised the NSW defence all night and was rightfully praised for his man-of-the-match performance.

However, following the game, Munster was chatting to the Channel Nine commentary team when Gould interjected.

"In terms of the series, that’s a massive victory to win here in Sydney in game one. You now win game three (in Brisbane) regardless of the game two result and you’ve got that in Queensland," Gould asked.

"Come on, Gus. Come on, Gus," Munster said.

"I’m just being serious. It’s a massive win in terms of the series," Gould said.

Munster wasn't having any of it and shut down Gould's mind games.

"It’s a leg in the door but I remember when we did that, I think a couple of years ago, we won the first game and then lost two in a row so we know the Blues are going to come out there in Perth and play a really good style of footy and chance their arm in the game because they’re obviously down 1-0," Munster said.

Despite not getting to Munster, Gould was alluding to the monumental task NSW face to retain the State of Origin shield.

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Only one side this century - Queensland 2017 - have lost the first game with home-ground advantage and gone on to claim the series.

Cameron Munster was the star of the show for Queensland, with Maroons captain Daly Cherry-Evans also impressive in the six-point win.Maroons' victory has to go down as one of their gutsiest in the Origin arena, with the visitors going down to 15 players at one stage.

Queensland winger Xavier Coates limped off in the first half on Wednesday night, then interchange forward Jeremiah Nanai also suffered a leg injury after the break.

Cameron Munster, Kalyn Ponga and Felise Kaufusi embrace during State of Origin.
Cameron Munster, Kalyn Ponga and Felise Kaufusi celebrate a Maroons victory in Game 1 of State of Origin . (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Even Fittler commended the Maroons for their fight against the odds.

"It was high tempo and helter skelter and they did really well after losing a winger," he said.

"They did well to keep the rhythm with what they were doing after that. They're some things that can knock you about."

With superstars Latrell Mitchell and Tom Trbojevic unavailable, Fittler's selection of Jack Wighton as NSW's starting left centre over Stephen Crichton had raised eyebrows.

with AAP

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